Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Teaser Tuesday #108: Destiny Rising


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly post hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm.

Anyone can play along. Just go HERE to learn how to participate.

This week my teasers come from 
Destiny Rising (True Calling #3) by Siobhan Davis:
Teasers: I hope he understands the wealth of emotion behind that one simple statement. How sorry I am for all the harsh words, for toying with his feelings, for constantly shutting him out, and for caving to my inherent need for Zane.
(Loc 27%, 1467 of 5336)

What are you reading this week?
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Monday, August 31, 2015

The Key - Review

The Key (True Reign #1)

By: Jennifer Anne Davis

Published: January 8, 2014 by Clean Teen Publishing

342 pages

Source: Personal Kindle Library

(Goodreads / Amazon FREE at time of posting)

Summary:
***This is BOOK ONE of a THREE book series. It is NOT a stand alone book. The entire series is now available!!***

AWARDS:
*Finalist in the 2014 USA Best Book Awards: Young Adult Category*
*Winner Curvy Book Award 2013 Best Overall Small Press*

Within these pages lie kingdoms with castles and princes who fall in love with fair maidens, but make no mistake−this is no fairytale.

His father's kingdom is on the brink of upheaval and at the center of it all is an ordinary girl who could be the key to its undoing. When faced with the ultimate choice, will he choose the girl he's falling in love with or the kingdom he has sworn to protect?

An ordinary girl with an extraordinary past... All she wants is to be free. What she doesn't realize is that freedom comes with a price she can't afford to pay. She's forced to accept the proposal of a prince she despises, even though her heart belongs to someone else... his brother.

Seventeen-year-old Rema lives in a brutal kingdom where travel between regions is forbidden, people are starving, and looking at someone the wrong way can mean death. Nineteen-year-old Darmik is the king's son and Commander of the King's Army. He spends his days roving the island, doing his father's bidding and trying to maintain control over the people.

When a chance encounter throws Rema and Darmik together, they share an instantaneous connection, but any sort of relationship between them is strictly forbidden. Darmik's brother, the Crown Prince, notices Darmik's interest in Rema and, in a calculated, political move, blackmails her. Faced with an impossible choice, Rema is forced to sacrifice her heart in order to save her family.

As Rema is taken to the palace with the Crown Prince, Darmik confronts the growing rumor that a legitimate blood heir to the throne exists and is trying to overthrow Darmik's family. In Darmik's quest to hunt down and kill the threat, he discovers that nothing is as it seems. Locked in the king's castle, Rema finds herself a key player in a massive power struggle. When Darmik shows up, she's not sure if she can trust him. The line between friends, enemies, and loyalty becomes blurred. As truths are unlocked, Rema understands that she just might be the key to finding the rightful heir and restoring peace to the kingdom... if she can manage to stay alive long enough.
MY REVIEW:
I must first share how I came to hear about this series. The spin off series called Cage of Deceit came up for review on Netgalley. The cover of that book immediately caught my eye and the description sealed the deal of whether I should request it or not. But then I discovered another series came first, this one. Since I couldn't find the answer to the order of how the books should be read I decided with such a high Goodreads rating and an equally intriguing synopsis, that I just had to check out The Key. To my wonderful surprise I then found that it was a FREEBIE on Amazon. SCORE! Ya'll, this is totally worth paying for, and a serious treat to get it free!

The Key is told from alternating POV's between Rema, who is the niece of a horse trainer, and Darmik, who is a Prince and Commander to the King's army. The background story is that the current King slaughtered the royal family of Greenwood Island some 17+ years ago in his attempt to win the crown and gain power. Only, he was mistaken and there is an heir who survived. The King and his oldest son, the Crown Prince are very evil, manipulative, greedy men. They are starving the people who are subject to them and take what they want, when they want it. Rumors and riots are rising up. Darmik is the only one of the royal family who is a decent and fair person and is trying to balance his responsibility of keeping the King safe with also trying to dig to the bottom of the rumors that a rightful blood heir to the throne still lives.

I loved this story! It had me tearing up, smiling, hoping, trusting, questioning, and more! So many emotions went through me while reading this book. If you love Young Adult fantasy and romance, similar series like The Remnant Chronicles and His Fair Assassin, then this is a MUST read for you!

Favorite Quotes:
Shouldn't a prince be a leader for his people? A person of exemplary constitution and someone they could all look up to? A protector of the civilians that made up the kingdom he ruled over?

With hope, anything was possible.

Language Rating: 1 (light)
Mature Content Rating: 0 (none)
Final Rating: 4.5 stars!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Sunday Post #141

Sunday Post is a weekly post hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
Each week bloggers participate to share any books received and news from their week.

Click on the book covers to be taken to its Goodreads page. The Buy Link, if available, is below each book cover.

~PURCHASED OR FREEBIES~
Thanks to a gift card I won from Walking on Bookshelves, as part of the "Young Adult Giveaway Hop", I was able to purchase the below 2 books:

RED (True Reign #2) by Jennifer Anne Davis
Buy Link: Amazon

War (True Reign #3) by Jennifer Anne Davis
Buy Link: Amazon

~FOR REVIEW~
Never Never by Brianna R. Shrum
Preorder Buy Link: Amazon

Sword and Verse by Kathy MacMillan
Preorder Buy Link: Amazon

The Shadow Queen (Ravenspire #1) by C.J. Redwine
Preorder Buy Link: Amazon

Assassin's Heart by Sarah Ahiers
Preorder Buy Link: Amazon

RECAP OF WEEK:
SUNDAY:

TUESDAY:

WEDNESDAY:

FRIDAY:

WHAT'S AHEAD:
Tentative Posts:
Teaser Tuesday
Waiting on Wednesday
Feature & Follow
Planned Posts:
Review - The Key (True Reign #1) by Jennifer Anne Davis
ARC Thursday Review - Destiny Rising (True Calling #3) by Siobhan Davis

Look at all the pretty covers of the new books I got this week!!! I'm soooooo excited about these stories!

If you are reading last books in a series you should participate in the 2015 Series Ender Reading Challenge! Anyone can sign up to participate until December 2015! Go HERE for full details and to sign up. We have a giveaway EVERY month open to those that link up reviews.
Enjoy your week!
Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, August 28, 2015

Feature & Follow #66

Feature & Follow is a weekly post hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read.

"The goal is to increase followers and make new friends."

The Rules:
Follow the 2 hosts.
Follow the 2 features (new each week).
Hop around and follow others that are participating, leaving a comment to let them know.
Answer this week's question in your own blog post.

This week's question:
Share a random quote from the book you are currently reading. ~ Suggested by Journey Through Fiction

He was going to have to become the person he didn't want to be - the king's son, Prince Darmik, in order to go before the emperor. It was the only thing that could save Rema. ~ War (True Reign #3) by Jennifer Anne Davis (Location 906 of 4432, 19%)

For follows I prefer GFC, Facebook, Bloglovin' and Email. Be sure to comment letting me know how you followed so I can return the visit!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: Waiting on Riders


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly post hosted by Breaking the Spine.
Each week bloggers participate to share a book they can't wait to get their hands on.

This week I'm waiting on:

Riders #1 by Veronica Rossi
Expected Publication: February 16, 2016 by Tor Teen
Preorder Buy Link: Amazon
Riders. A new fantasy adventure from New York Times and USA Todaybestselling author Veronica Rossi.

For eighteen-year-old Gideon Blake, nothing but death can keep him from achieving his goal of becoming a U.S. Army Ranger. As it turns out, it does.

Recovering from the accident that most definitely killed him, Gideon finds himself with strange new powers and a bizarre cuff he can't remove. His death has brought to life his real destiny. He has become War, one of the legendary four horsemen of the apocalypse.

Over the coming weeks, he and the other horsemen--Conquest, Famine, and Death--are brought together by a beautiful but frustratingly secretive girl to help save humanity from an ancient evil on the emergence.

They fail.

Now--bound, bloodied, and drugged--Gideon is interrogated by the authorities about his role in a battle that has become an international incident. If he stands any chance of saving his friends and the girl he's fallen for--not to mention all of humankind--he needs to convince the skeptical government officials the world is in imminent danger.

But will anyone believe him?
What are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

2015 Series Ender Reading Challenge: August Wrap Up


Time for our eighth Monthly Wrap Up for the 2015 Series Enders Reading Challenge hosted by Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know and Holly @ Words Fueled by Love!

Since posting the 2015 Series Enders Reading Challenge - July Wrap Up, Sandy finished two series enders: Deliverance (Defiance, # 3) by CJ Redwine and Sweet (Contours of the Heart, # 3) by Tammara Webber. Holly didn't finish any series enders this month.


Which series enders did you finish? Link up below. Don't forget to include the title, your name, & your blog name (Ex: Requiem - Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know) Also, the August giveaway runs from August 25th - Septemer 25th. On September 25th we will use random.org and the linky entries to pull a winner.





Teaser Tuesday #107: The Key


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly post hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm.

Anyone can play along. Just go HERE to learn how to participate.

This week my teasers come from 
The Key (True Reign #1) by Jennifer Anne Davis:
Teasers: "I'm sorry for your loss. For everything you've had to endure since we first met."
(Loc 74%, 3376 of 4583)

What are you reading this week?
Share a teaser with me!
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